Friday Wrap-Up

How to Get Involved in the

Texas Writing Community Today!

WLT members, don’t miss all these amazing opportunities:


We have many classes & workshops coming up, reserve your spot!

Next free Third Thursday panel March 15 at BookPeople!

Haven’t purchased your tickets for the 2012 Agents Conference?  Hurry before the ticket price jumps!  You do not want to miss out on all the amazing panels and speakers!


Monday, 19 March 2012, 7-8:30 p.m.

Topic: Creative or Narrative Nonfiction, The Literature of Reality

Speaker: Carmen Goldthwaite

Richardson Public Library, Basement Room

900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson TX 75080

This writing form, a strengthening form in publishing today, takes true stories and tells them with the dramatic tools of fiction–character, conflict, context, dialogue, flashback, narrative arc.

Whether you’re writing travel, biography, memoir, profiles, history, commentary, sports, science or business, explore how verifiable drama can enhance the story for today’s reader through the narrative and dramatic storytelling skills that lure readers (thus editors) into your true story.

Carmen Goldthwaite juggles writing novels, narrative nonfiction books and stories, with teaching. At Southern Methodist University, Carmen teaches creative writing and narrative nonfiction. At her alma mater of Texas Christian University, she’s the “writer-in-residence” for the Schieffer School of Journalism Texas Community Newspapers.

Austin Poetry Society


The APS monthly meeting happens this month on March 17, Saturday,1:30-3:30 p.m., and we’re back to Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th Street at West Mary. This time we’re honoring the leaders of Austin International Poetry Festival, who are already planning for the festival which has been rescheduled to happen on September 27th through 30th (Thursday through Sunday). AIPF is our beautiful sister organization, and we want to do everything we can to make this TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL the best ever.


Upcoming Poetry Events in Austin:


March 10, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. APS Second Saturday Poetry Critique Group. If you care to write a poem for the prompt, write one suitable for Contest No. 21 in the APS Annual Awards List, as found on page 25 in the Yearbook, and also in the Annual Contests List online, www.austinpoetrysociety.org. It’s The Multi-Cultural Life Award: A poem about an immigrant, immigrants, immigration, starting life over in a new country, or adjusting to a new life-style after losing an old. Any form. 40 lines or fewer. Spanish poems permissible if accompanied by an English translation. Whether you follow this prompt or not, bring 10 copies of a poem in progress to discuss. Host: Elizabeth Kropf. Meeting Room, Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

March 22, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. March 22, 2012, APS Fourth Thursday Open Microphone features Claire Vogel Camargo and Susan Rooke. An open mic follows featured readers. This month we celebrate completion of four years in this open mic series. Also, Feb. 25th was the tenth anniversary of the death of Austin’s favorite poet, Albert Huffstickler, who still lives in many Austin hearts. We encourage you to bring poems by or about Huff for this remembrance event. Host: Ralph Hausser. NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe.

March 23, Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Share Your Stories, each Fourth Friday at Twin Oaks Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary. Host: Ralph Hausser.

April 1, Sunday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. KinCity reading at BookWoman, 5501 A-105 Lamar Boulevard. The KinCity Reading Series alternates between Austin and San Antonio, with four poets from each city reading together. Bring a friend, neighbor, or spouse and be there a little early for refreshments and live music. Check out the KinCity FaceBook page for more information.

May 3, Thursday through May 6, Sunday, Round Top Festival Institute. Spend a few days with top grade national poets in small town Central Texas. Depending on how much wonderful poetry you can stand, prices range between $50 and $125, worth every penny. wwww.festivalhill.org, Registrar Vickie Hillman: vickieh@festivalhill.org.

Call for Submissions for 10th annual Goose River Anthology, 2012

We seek selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less—double-spaced).

Book will be beautifully produced with in paperback with a full color cover and in hard cover with a full color dust jacket. Author will receive a 10% royalty on all sales that he or she generates. There is no purchase required and nothing is required of the author for publication. We retain one-time publishing rights only.  Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012 (postmarked).  Publication will in the summer of 2012 (they make great Christmas gifts). Guidelines are as follows: Submit clean, typed copy, Reading fee: $1.00 per page (Do not put two poems on one page), Short stories and essays should be double-spaced, .45 cent SASE for notification and please add additional postage to cover return of rejected materials if you want them back, Author’s name & address at top of each page.

Submit to:

Goose River Anthology, 2012

3400 Friendship Road

Waldoboro, ME 04572-6337

Telephone: (207) 832-6665

E mail: gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com



(Announced through Poets & Writers)

New additions to our database of independent presses include New Zealand’s Cold Hub Press; Unbound Press, whose focus is poetry; and Parka Books, a digital press interested in publishing “great books by dedicated authors ”       https://www.pw.org/small_presses

Houston Writers Guild Events

Many Houston classes & events in the near future, view website for details    http://houstonwritersguild.org/welcome.html

Harry Ransom Center

March 2 at the Harry Ransom Center the opening of the ‘Kings & Creators’ Exhibit.’

Eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:19) at this opening reception for the exhibition ‘The King James Bible: Its History and Influence’ and see how the KJV has dramatically impacted literature, art, film, and everyday speech.

Visit for more information:

Badgerdog Events

Creative Writing Summer Camp:

Three-week summer workshops are led by Austin’s best writers: award-winning poets,novelists, playwrights, and essayists. Students write poetry and prose andlearn to revise and edit their work for publication. The camp culminates in thepublication of beautiful, library-quality anthologies and two public readings(one of these is followed by a book signing for student authors). Each studentreceives a copy of the published anthology, which is also donated to the AustinPublic Library system and sold at BookPeople. Various locations around Austin, with a new location at Shepherd of the Hills LutheranChurch in Westlake.

Spring Break Workshops

Over one, two, or three days (March 13th-15th), writerswill delve into what makes fiction tick and wade through the unstill waters ofpoetry to create their own new work. These workshops, led by professional,award-winning writers, will include multi-genre readings. Writers are groupedaccording to age. Location: GriffinSchool (5001 Evans Ave, Austin 78751) Open to students in grades 3-12. All writers willhave the opportunity to publish their writing on our online journal, Unbound:here


UNPUBLISHED FICTION AUTHORS PRINT READY COMPETITION, This competition starts March 2012. The closing date for this competition is the 31st March 2012 23:59 BST.


This is a genuine, no fee competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee.  Only Print Ready novels of genuine merit will be chosen.  Your book could be a winner. Full details of rules, genres and how to submit, here.


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